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Spain’s Hermoso testifies that World Cup kiss with FA Capo was not consensual

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Ms Hermoso, Spain's top scorer, testified for around two and a half hours in court, telling the judge that the kiss was "unexpected and at no time consensual." Her statement was claimed to have repeated testimony made to prosecutors many months earlier, which was then leaked to Spanish television. The court is reviewing evidence, including CCTV footage, to determine whether to proceed with her criminal charge of sexual assault and coercion. The kiss occurred on 20 August last year, following Spain's victory against England, at the medal ceremony in Sydney.

Jenni Hermoso, a World Cup-winning Spanish player, testified in a Madrid court that a kiss from former football federation head Luis Rubiales was “not consensual.”

After the World Cup final last year, he grabbed Ms Hermoso by the head and kissed her on the lips.

A judge will now determine whether Mr Rubiales should face sexual assault and coercion charges.

“All is in the hands of justice, that’s all I can say,” she said to reporters.

The former federation leader disputes the claims.

Ms Hermoso, Spain’s top scorer, testified for around two and a half hours in court, telling the judge that the kiss was “unexpected and at no time consensual.”

Her statement was claimed to have repeated testimony made to prosecutors many months earlier, which was then leaked to Spanish television.

The court is reviewing evidence, including CCTV footage, to determine whether to proceed with her criminal charge of sexual assault and coercion.

The kiss occurred on 20 August last year, following Spain’s victory against England, at the medal ceremony in Sydney.

Ms Hermoso said in a statement after the final that the kiss was consensual. She then claimed that she was compelled to sign the statement by officials of the Spanish Football Federation.

Rubiales is being probed for suspected coercion in connection with his alleged role in putting pressure on Ms Hermoso.

Jorge Vilda, the coach who guided the squad to World Cup victory before being fired shortly thereafter, is also being examined, as are federation leaders Albert Luque and Rubén Rivera.

Ms Hermoso stated that she did not want to be kissed and that she had been a “victim of assault.” A kiss without consent is considered a form of sexual assault in Spain.

Mr Rubiales has always claimed that the kiss was a “consensual peck,” yet the event caused him to leave as head of the Spanish football association.

Prosecutors launched an inquiry, and in September, investigating judge Francisco de Jorge forbade him from approaching the footballer within 200m (650ft).

Ms Hermoso stated to prosecutors in an October statement that “clearly I felt disrespected” as a player and a person.

“I did nothing to put myself in that circumstance… “How could I expect it in that scenario of a World Cup final medal ceremony?”

Ms Hermoso, 33, announced her departure from the club on Monday. She is leaving Pachuca, where she has been a member since 2022, to join Tigres UANL, the country’s most successful women’s team.

Her involvement in the scandal has made her a well-known public personality outside of the football industry.

She was a guest on national broadcaster TVE on New Year’s Eve. She expressed gratitude for “the change we are bringing about in terms of equality and solidarity,” and she praised her Spain colleagues on their “empowerment.”

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Thomas Partey returns from months of injury as Arsenal thrash Sheffield United

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The victory moves Arsenal two points behind leaders Liverpool. It maintains the Gunners in the championship fight, while Sheffield United is 11 points from safety with only 11 games left. Arsenal scored after just five minutes, and the only surprise was how long it took them. They broke United open down the left before cutting the ball back for Odegaard, who scored from 10 yards out. The advantage was doubled in the 13th minute when Bukayo Saka's low cross was deflected into his own net by Bogle, who got his legs tangled with the ball deflecting off his ankle, and it was immediately extended when Martinelli hammered in via a deflection after Jakob Kiwior's cut back.

Thomas Partey returned from injury as Arsenal won their eighth Premier League game in a row, defeating Sheffield United 6–0 at Bramall Lane.

The Gunners were ahead 3-0 after 13 minutes and 5-0 at halftime against the league’s worst team.

Mikel Arteta’s squad scored goals through Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli, Kai Havertz, Declan Rice, and Ben White, as well as an own goal by Jayden Bogle.

The victory moves Arsenal two points behind leaders Liverpool.

It maintains the Gunners in the championship fight, while Sheffield United is 11 points from safety with only 11 games left.

Arsenal scored after just five minutes, and the only surprise was how long it took them. They broke United open down the left before cutting the ball back for Odegaard, who scored from 10 yards out.

The advantage was doubled in the 13th minute when Bukayo Saka’s low cross was deflected into his net by Bogle, who got his legs tangled with the ball deflecting off his ankle, and it was immediately extended when Martinelli hammered in via a deflection after Jakob Kiwior’s cut back.

During the first half, Havertz made it 4-0 by tucking into the bottom corner after a Martinelli through pass.

Arsenal sliced through United at will, and on 39 minutes, Rice finished low past the exhausted home goalie Ivo Grbic.

The visitors did not let up after the interval, as another well-executed play resulted in right-back White blasting powerfully past Grbic with his left foot.

The Gunners are the first English league team to win three straight away games by five or more goals, while United, who appear bound to relegation, are the first to lose four consecutive home games in all competitions while surrendering five or more goals.

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Maybe he wants an autograph – Asamoah Gyan hits back at NDC MP

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Speaking to Radio XYZ, Mr. Dafeamekpor said that the former Black Stars captain was a longtime follower of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) who did not desire glory for their opponents. In reaction, Asamoah Gyan stated that the NDC MP is only seeking attention for his autograph. "Perhaps he wants an autograph. Do not worry. "I will sign one for him soon," the former Sunderland attacker joked on X (previously Twitter).

Asamoah Gyan, former Black Stars captain, has replied to charges made by Member of Parliament for South Dayi, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, that he purposely missed a penalty during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

He claimed that Gyan’s vital miss in the quarter-final match against Uruguay, which would have made Ghana the first African team to reach the World Cup semi-finals, was politically motivated.

Speaking to Radio XYZ, Mr Dafeamekpor said that the former Black Stars captain was a longtime follower of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) who did not desire glory for their opponents.

In reaction, Asamoah Gyan stated that the NDC MP is only seeking attention for his autograph.

“Maybe he wants an autograph. Do not worry. “I will sign one for him soon,” the former Sunderland attacker joked on X (previously Twitter).

The former Black Stars captain has faced a storm of criticism after being selected to the NPP manifesto committee.

The 38-year-old will lead the party’s Youth and Sports subcommittee, reporting to Vice President and NPP flagbearer Dr Bawumia.

Despite the attacks, Asamoah Gyan says he is motivated and ready to give his share to country building.

As Africa’s leading World Cup scorer with six goals, he is determined to use his knowledge to restore Ghanaian football.

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Jose Peseiro has resigned as Nigeria’s head coach

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He agreed to an extension till the end of the tournament after lowering his compensation from $70,000 to $50,000. Despite guiding Nigeria to the AFCON final, which they lost 2-1 to host country Ivory Coast, both sides chose to separate ways. Peseiro congratulated the NFF and those who helped make his term unforgettable, including Sir Amaju Pinnick, President Ibrahim Gusau, General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, Secretary Dayo Enebi, and all of the staff and players.

José Peseiro, the head coach of Nigeria’s national side, the Super Eagles, has stepped down after his contract with the Nigeria Football Federation expired.

In a statement posted on X, the Portuguese coach acknowledged his thanks for the chance, saying, “We completed our deal with the NFF yesterday. It was an honour and privilege to coach the Super Eagles. It’s been 22 months of incredible devotion, sacrifice, emotion, and enthusiasm. We feel fulfilled.”

Peseiro’s original contract with the NFF expired shortly before the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.

He agreed to an extension till the end of the tournament after lowering his compensation from $70,000 to $50,000.

Despite guiding Nigeria to the AFCON final, which they lost 2-1 to host country Ivory Coast, both sides chose to separate ways.

Peseiro congratulated the NFF and those who helped make his term unforgettable, including Sir Amaju Pinnick, President Ibrahim Gusau, General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, Secretary Dayo Enebi, and all of the staff and players.

“We would like to express our gratitude to Sir Amaju Pinnick (the president who signed us), President Ibrahim Gusau, General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, Secretary Dayo Enebi, the NFF, all the Staff, and especially all the PLAYERS, with whom leading has been a great pleasure.

“Guys, we are thankful; it has been a privilege to be part of this family. We will miss you, but we will always be there for you, no matter where you are. A big hug to all of you.”

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